Fly-tipping or dumped rubbish

Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of rubbish or waste on land not licensed to receive it, is considered a serious environmental crime, which can lead to a fine of up to £50,000 and/or 12 months imprisonment. This increases to up to five years' imprisonment if hazardous waste is dumped. Fly tipping is a danger to the public as it can pollute land and waterways. It can also increase vermin and cause injury. Some fly-tipping can be dangerous as it may contain waste that requires special disposal treatment.

The majority of fly-tippers dump their loads on local roads while others choose alleyways, footpaths and cycle tracks, often on private land. Garden waste and white goods such as fridges, cookers, builders' rubbish including asbestos and even clinical waste have all been dumped in Harlow. Most of these items should have been taken to officially-authorised sites. When fly-tipping involves the use of a vehicle, the driver and the registered keeper can be prosecuted and powers are available to seize vehicles used for fly-tipping.

Don't risk a fine, book it online

Fly-tipping is unsightly, costs the Council Tax payer significant amounts of money each year to clear away and will be investigated for enforcement.

You can Book a Bulky collection, which is free for electrical items such as fridges;

Dumped rubbish - part of your Council Tax pays to clean this up

You can also take household waste to the Recycling Centre at Temple Bank, Riverway, Harlow, run by Essex County Council.

Household waste

Since 2005, all householders in England have a responsibility, under the 'Revised Waste Duty of Care Code of Practice' to ensure their rubbish is passed on to authorised carriers only. If residents use a business to remove their waste, they should make sure the contractor is a registered waste carrier by asking to see their waste carrier number. If residents fail to ensure they pass their waste onto an authorised carrier, they could face fines of up to £5,000 if the carrier dumps the rubbish.

Does Harlow Council remove fly-tipped waste?

Kier Harlow Ltd will remove fly-tipped waste from Council owned land as soon as possible, however this may be delayed by Council Enforcement Officer investigating the offence.

What happens if a private land owner/occupier doesn't remove waste dumped on their land?

If the fly-tipping is on private land, it is the responsibility of the person in charge of the private land to remove the dumped rubbish. HTS (Property & Environment) Ltd may be able to assist but there will be a charge for collection and disposal.

The Council has powers to serve a Notice on land owners requiring the removal of dumped waste in certain circumstances if a private land owner/occupier doesn't remove the rubbish.

Why is fly-tipping green waste bad for the environment?

Affects of fly-tipping of green waste

  • It costs you money - each year the Council spends close to £2million keeping Harlow clean including clearing fly-tipped green waste - this money comes out of your Council Tax
  • It can kill trees - excess vegetation and soil build up around trees can potentially kill off roots and eventually trees themselves
  • It grows - dumping green waste in a particular area can attract further fly-tipping from others
  • It stinks - It's unsightly and over time as it rots down, causes bad smells
  • It creates a fire hazard - build up of green waste can create a danger of fire as combustible materials are piled up.
  • It upsets the ecosystem - if you dump green waste containing non-native planets in an area, the seeds (and any diseases they carry) can take over that area causing harm to the local environment
  • It can cause flooding - dumped green waste which causes blockages to ditches and water courses can cause localised flooding and erosion
  • It encourages weeds - dumping green waste which rots down into the soil and enriches it can promote weeds growth which again can take over the area this can damage animal habitats

More information on recycling your green waste

More information on composting